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iView: My Favorite Products for Leisure Time

Here are the apps plus one accessory that I use most often during my down time. I can't guarantee they are best in their class, but I can strongly recommend each one.


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Five Great RSS Reader Apps

Keeping up with the news with your iPhone or iPad

If you have more than a handful of favorite Web pages, keeping up with new content can be a full time job. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) solves this problem. Websites use RSS to publish feeds, summaries of their latest content with links to the full Web page. Users subscribe to feeds by clicking on the standard RSS symbol.

RSS Reader applications aggregate all the feeds to which you have subscribed, periodically checking for updates. New articles can be read at your leisure. Readers can be Mac or Windows programs (like Safari and NetNewsWire), Web-based services like Google Reader, or iPhone or iPad apps like the five reviewed in this article.


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Best Apps: News

newsAll of the major news organizations have excellent and mostly free apps that let you access their websites. The advantage of these apps over visiting the sites using Safari is that they package the news to better fit the smaller screen. You don't have to scroll horizontally, and navigating between news categories is more efficient. In addition, they're quicker to load because they're not as graphically intensive as the full Web pages and include much less advertising. This also means that you're downloading less data to your device and making better use of the limited monthly allotments in AT&T's new data plans.


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iPhone Life magazine App V.2 for iPhone and iPad

If your enjoy the posts here at iPhoneLife.com, are interested in iOS news, and like the articles in iPhone Life magazine, you'll appreciate v.2 of the "iPhone Life magazine" free app!  The same Free App is optimized for the iPhone and the iPad viewing



Funny commercial for iPad app from Newsday

Newsday for iPad came out in August, and Newsday has posted an entertaining commercial for their new app on YouTube. 



Print Vs. Digital

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I love Mac magazines! It feels like Christmas every time one arrives in the mail. I have been a subscriber to iPhone Life since the beginning, and MacWorld and MacLife for well over 10 years. I still have MacAddict cd's dating back to 2003. Remember when all the magazines included cd's with each issue?



It's official folks, you can have FaceTime on your 3G network if you really want to.

Based on the choppiness of the FaceTime video, it appears to me that this is the reason at&t does not allow this to happen right now. It looks like the 3G network will work great with Data however, not with Video yet. Please read the entire blog first.



Apps from the Government

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Did you know the U.S. Government is creating apps for mobile devices? They currently have 18 apps available including an alternative fuel locator, FBI's Most Wanted, Product Recalls, and WhiteHouse.Gov. Of course, they are all free! Check them out on the US Government Website.

 



The Early Edition for iPad Product Review

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The Early Edition is an RSS reader for the iPad with an important distinguishing twist.  While other newsreaders render new story items as unread emails, Early Edition approaches such tidbits as articles in a virtual newspaper.  The application's magic is in the way it compiles news from numerous sources, formats and media types into a cohesive and very traditional newspaper look-a-like experience.

 



Feedback Wanted: iOS4 and iPod Touch

So I have been checking the various online forums to see what peoples experiences have been so far installing the new iOS4 update, specifically as it relates to the iPod Touch. I have a 2nd generation unit so I know my version will be stripped down. I am okay with that at the moment because I am happy this older device is still getting some support. I have seen more os updates to my touch in less than a year that I had with my windows mobile device in 6 years. I will not have access to my desktop until the weekend, so that's the earliest I can do the update. I have seen a bunch of people complaining about the OS update making their device more slow and causing problems with iTunes, and some wanting to downgrade back.


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